Nissan Micra (2003–2010)
- January 2003: Nissan Micra launched
- June 2005: New Micra 160SR introduced
- October 2005: Midlife facelift
- April 2008: Micra Visia+ launched
- March 2009: Nissan Connect available
Nissan Micra launched
Built on the same floorpan as the next generation Renault Clio, but with Nissan 65PS 1.0, 80PS 1.2 and 88ps 1.4 petrol engines or Renault's 65PS and 82PS 1.5 diesels. 4-speed Jatco torque converter auto option on petrol engines (not CVT).
Sunderland build differs from Japan built March equivalent which went on sale in Japan in early 2002.
Range starts with 65PS 1.0E at £7,495 for 3-door or £7,995 for 5-door. £7,995 also buys an 80PS 1.2S 3-door, which has side airbags, three adjustable rear head restraints, driver's seat height-adjustment and 60/40 split folding rear seat which also slides to give more rear legroom at the expense of luggage space or vice versa. 5-door 1.2S is £8,495.
£8,995 gets the 1.2 SE 3-door and £9,495 the SE 5-door, both of which have 'Intelligent key' (automatic proximity remote control) door opening, leather bound steering wheel, part-leather seats, 6 speaker ICE, electric door mirrors, 15-inch wheels and a storage compartment under the passenger seat. For another £1,000 SXs and SVEs have 15-inch alloy wheels and electronic climate control with ivory coloured controls.
1.4 litre petrol engines cost £300 more than 1.2s; and very frugal 65bhp 1.5 litre Renault sourced diesel engines are an extra £800. 4-speed Jatco automatic transmission on the 1.2 or 1.4 is an extra £900.
New Micra 160SR introduced
Priced at £9995 for 3-door and £10,645 for 5-door. 110PS. 0-60mph 9.5 seconds. 42.8mpg on the combined cycle.
Stiffer, lower suspension, dynamic ESP, deep front spoiler with integrated projector fog lamps, body coloured roof and side spoilers, dark tinted headlamps and graphite finished 16" alloys. Side curtain airbags, aluminium pedals, white dials, Intelligent key, six speaker CD system, automatic wipers and lighting plus air-conditioning – all as standard. Optional sunroof at £375. On 15" wheels is very good over speed humps.
Included stronger bumpers, new seats, new colours, updated dash panel with chrome ringed instruments, and now model designations: E, S, SE and SVE + 160SR.
Special Edition 'Active Luxury' models with leather and Alcantara seats based on Sport 1.4 and 1.6 and 1.5 86PS diesel from £10,995 announced October 2006. Revamp for 2008 with changes to the styling, additions to the equipment list and a new grade structure – new Micra and Micra C+C on sale from 1 October.
- INITIA (URBIS on C+C) changes to VISIA
- SPIRITA (SPORT on C+C) moves to ACENTA
- SPORT (ESSENZA on C+C) to TEKNA
- SPORT SR (hatchback only) returns to the previous name of 160SR
- ACTIVE LUXURY continues on both hatchback and C+C.
Special version for a limited time called ACENTA + on the hatchback version – based on the ACENTA but offering 15 inch TEKNA styled alloy wheels, in-place of the steels, for an additional £200 on top of the standard ACENTA price.
New twin front grilles. B Pillar trim (hatchback only) which is no longer colour coded giving an improved side profile. The wheel cover designs on VISIA and ACENTA have also been restyled.
An MP3 jack socket is included on all Micras so you can easily play your personal collection of music through the vehicle’s own stereo system, which incidentally has also been improved with a double DIN audio unit (C+C and from ACENTA on hatchback).
Engine line up range remains unchanged with 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6 (160SR and C+C only) petrol and a 1.5 dCi diesel being available. However, the 1.2 VISIA now has a power output of 65PS returning 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 output of 139g/km. From ACENTA upwards the 1.2 engine remains with the current 80PS version.
Prices for the hatchback remain largely unchanged with the range starting from £7,495. The only increase is to TEKNA (was SPORT) of £150 – now £10,045; which is not so painful considering it now includes rear parking sensors, automatic lights and rain sensing wipers as standard. The C+C starts at £13,550 for the VISIA which is an increase of £50. The rest of the C+C range increases by £150 but these also have rear parking sensors as standard.
Micra Visia+ launched
Priced from £7,995 (£500 over standard Visia) offers manual air conditioning and an upgrade to a 80 PS 1.2-litre petrol engine. It’s just as economical as the 65 PS unit, delivering 47.9 mpg (manual) and 42.8 mpg (automatic) combined, yet the manual model gets to 60mph in 13.2 secs.
Optional orange seat trim contrasting with a chocolate finish to the dashboard, steering wheel and gear lever. Graphite upholstery remains available for those with more conservative tastes. On the outside, the full Micra palette of paint shades is available, but they’re joined by the exclusive and sparkling Sunlit Copper that really will show the Micra Visia+ off to best effect in spring sunshine.
The added spec comes on top of the standard Visia grade’s side airbags, front active headrests, a CD player, power front windows, rear sliding seat, central locking and ISOFIX childseat mounting points. Prices start at £7995 for the 3 door manual, with an extra £650 for the 5 door model and a £900 supplement for the automatic gearbox option. In terms of insurance, all models get a low, group 2 rating.
Nissan Connect available
Only £400 on Acenta, standard on Tekna. Full music and Bluetooth compatibility.
Nissan Connect has been designed to be intuitive, with buttons for the most commonly used functions and a touch screen for rapid navigation through the menu system. Further versatility comes from steering wheel mounted controls.
As well as a single CD player and AM/FM radio, Nissan Connect offers full digital music connectivity. On Note models, open up the storage cubby on top of the dashboard and you’ll find both a USB connector and a 3.5mm auxiliary input socket (aux in). That means tracks stored on iPods, other MP3 players, USB storage devices and USB external hard drives can be played via the in-car system (the equivalent connectors on Micra are located at the base of the centre console). MP3 and WMA sound files held on CD can also be played.
Once an iPod is connected, the touch screen can be used to search for and select tracks and while a track is playing, the song title, artist and directory folder are all displayed on screen. The steering wheel buttons offer volume adjustment and track selection.